Aconselhamento para a prática de atividade física como estratégia de educação à saúde

Translated title of the contribution: Counseling for physical activity as a health education strategy

Fernando Vinholes Siqueira, Markus Vinícius Nahas, Luiz Aligusto Facchini, Denise Silva Silveira, Roberto Xavier Piccini, Elaine Tomasi, Elaine Thumé, Pedro Curt Hallal

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This study analyzes the prevalence of health counseling related to physical activity among users of primary health care, and explores the associated variables. This cross-sectional study included a random sample of 4,060 adults and 4,003 older adults living in areas covered by primary health care in 41 cities from seven States of South and Northeast Brazil. Prevalence of counseling for physical activity was 28.9% (95%Cl: 27.3-30.4) for adults and 38.9% (95%Cl: 37.3-40.6) for elders. Prevalence was consistently higher among older adults, in the Northeast, and in areas covered by the Family Health Program.. Gender, socioeconomic status, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, self-reported chronic non-communicable diseases, and continuous-use medication were also associated with the outcome. Counseling for physical activity at community health centers is under-promoted, considering individual needs for healthy living. There is a need to improve participation by health professionals from different fields to promote physical activity and other healthy behaviors.

Translated title of the contributionCounseling for physical activity as a health education strategy
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)203-213
Number of pages11
JournalCadernos de Saude Publica
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Counseling
  • Motor activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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